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monotonous

adjective mo·not·o·nous \mə-ˈnä-tə-nəs, -ˈnät-nəs\

—used to describe something that is boring because it is always the same

Full Definition of MONOTONOUS

1
:  uttered or sounded in one unvarying tone :  marked by a sameness of pitch and intensity
2
:  tediously uniform or unvarying
mo·not·o·nous·ly adverb
mo·not·o·nous·ness noun

Examples of MONOTONOUS

  1. <the lecturer's monotonous delivery threatened to put us to sleep>
  2. Altogether, millions of mostly obscure entries in the public record offer details of a forced labor system of monotonous enormity. —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008

Origin of MONOTONOUS

Greek monotonos, from mon- + tonos tone
First Known Use: 1776

Related to MONOTONOUS

Synonyms
arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, boring, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
Antonyms
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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